An undercoat rake is helpful for getting out the loose fluffy fur as it is ready to shed. I go over my guy with the rake before using the pin brush and the slicker brush. I have never found much need for a furminator but not all coaties have the same type of fur. For the mats, I can sometimes work them out gently with the undercoat rake also. I have heard of using cornstarch on the mat to make it slippery and easier to work out but haven't tried that. Rather than pull and tug a lot on a delicate area, I'll trim mats out; believe me, it will be grown in again mighty quickly! If your new boy isn't used to much grooming go slowly with lots of rewards so it is a positive and comfortable experience for him. Thanks for giving him a loving home!
Please don't litter. Neuter your pets!
Quinn, Mar. 8/2007
Shadow, 1995-2007, always in my heart